January 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Friday links: UW in three-way third-place tie
Here’s a few links to get your day started.
— UW play-by-play man Bob Rondeau hosted a live chat yesterday.
— No. 16 Oregon (17-2, 6-0) is one of the best teams in the Pac-12 and Matthew Knight Arena is a jewel among arenas in the conference. But for some reason, the Eugene fans haven’t flocked to see the Ducks. Oregon began the week averaging just 6,335 fans, which is seventh in the league.
— The Baby Bruins may not be a fluke after all. UCLA went into crazed, white-out McKale Center and walked away with a very mature 84-73 win against the No. 6 Wildcats.
— Shabazz Muhammad scored a game-high 23 points for UCLA (16-4, 6-1). Coach Ben Howland told the Orange County Register: “When the lights are on, when the cameras are on, his level always raises. It always raises. It always gets better. … He’s a hell of a competitor.”
— Muhammad has a lot of eyes on him due to his fantastic season. Pat Forde at Yahoo! noticed the UCLA freshman wearing a Gucci backpack and wrote a story about it. Infer what you will.
— Arizona (16-2, 4-2) missed a chance to move into the top five of the national rankings and fell into a three-way tie for third-place with Washington and Arizona State in the Pac-12 standings.
— Speaking of the Sun Devils (15-4, 4-2), they hung on to a 98-93 overtime victory against USC. Freshman guard Jahii Carson had 21 points and eight assists while senior wing Carrick Felix added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
— Say this for the USC Trojans, they’re nothing like the team Kevin O’Neill led the past 3 1/2 seasons. O’Neill’s team struggled offensively, but interim coach Bob Cantu has thrown caution to the wind. The Trojans (8-12, 2-4) attempted 28 three-pointers and made 15 last night. It was the most points USC has scored this season. Jio Fontan had 25 and J.T. Terrell 20.
— Andre Roberson played like Dennis Rodman while leading Colorado to a 75-54 blowout over Stanford. The junior forward collected a career-high tying 20 rebounds and had 11 points. The Buffaloes (13-6, 3-4) led 44-29 at halftime and cruised to their first win over the Cardinal in 22 years.
— Got to wonder if Stanford (11-8, 2-4) is tough enough to make compete in the Pac-12 after its pratfall in Boulder, Colo. last night.
— With Allen Crabbe scoring 23 points, California built a 15-point lead midway in the second half against Utah. The Utes cut their deficit to three in the final minute, but the Golden Bears pulled out a 62-57 win. Cal improved to 11-7, 3-3.
— Utah (9-10, 1-6) has done a nice job defensively against big scorers, but the Utes couldn’t stop Crabbe.